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Open Society Institute Announces New Guidelines for Unsolicited Grants

The Open Society Institute’s Information Program (www.soros.org/initiatives/information/about/) has announced application instructions for grantseeking organizations that aim to enhance the ability to access, exchange, and produce knowledge and information; and to use new tools and techniques to empower civil society. Projects supported by the program are intended to benefit developing and transition countries. As a general rule, the Information Program prefers to receive grant applications made on behalf of an organization rather than an individual. The program also prefers to fund project proposals rather than core funding requests. Funded activities in the past have included information and knowledge capacity-building events; technology and policy analysis; advocacy campaigns; and innovative projects that test new ground. The Information Program funds projects within three main focus areas: Access to Knowledge; Civil Society Communication; and Open Information Policy. The Information Program will review unsolicited proposals four times during 2006: the remaining deadlines for submission are September 30 and December 31, 2006. Proposals must be submitted in English. The program requests that applicants submit proposal outlines, rather than sending fully developed proposals. Visit the OSI Web site for complete program information and submission requirements.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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